You no longer follow Lindsay

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Lindsay

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Lindsay

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

1
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 6 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 20 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By David Foster Wallace
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (176)

    Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary.

    Rick says: "David Foster Wallace...a good place to start"
    "Creative non fiction at its (auditory) best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    Hilarious - insightful - cutting straight to the bone. These are timeless essays, each poking into a hidden world: from behind-the-scenes porn stars, to simply a few old women from Ohio, reacting to 9/11. Those seem like they could fall culprit to easy cliches, but with DFW's brilliant observations and writing, everything seems fresh. This audiobook will go by instantly. Highly recommended if you like Malcolm Gladwell, Joan Didion, David Rakoff and the like.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3072)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2866)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Funny....but not Tina Fey funny."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was a pretty entertaining audiobook - if you're a fan of Mindy in real life, you'll definitely enjoy this. Funny, quippy essays that probably appeal more to a female fanbase. Mindy actually addresses the one big problem with this in the first essay - this is NOT Tina Fey's "Bossypants". While Mindy acknowledges that, it doesn't change the fact this just isn't as good as Bossypants - not as funny, interesting, or more appealing to a wide range of people. If you're already a Mindy Kaling fan, go for it. If you're not...try Tina Fey first.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3490)
    Performance
    (3069)
    Story
    (3081)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Pretty Tame, Kinda Lame"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Wild? What did you like least?

    There were few moments of thrilling danger, survival, or experiences of the transcedent nature of the wilderness in Wild. One cliffhanger-moment almost at the end of the book made me perk up and really dig in to the events -- but most of this book is as monotonous as a long, slow hike to nowhere. You will learn a LOT about the author's childhood, mother, and drug use. If the story you are looking for is a snoozy personal journey, this read is for you. For people looking for a wilderness adventure tale.... look elsewhere.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2393)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1058)

    Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.

    Rudi says: "Not Gladwell's best - and a recording problem"
    "Utterly absorbing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This was a totally mesmerizing listen - each of the essays in this book is so engagingly written, and Malcolm Gladwell gives a great delivery as well. Anyone who enjoys reading creative non fiction or literary journalism (think: Harper's, The Atlantic, The Walrus, and of course The New Yorker) should definitely check this one out. I thought Gladwell was overhyped, but have really been impressed and would definitely recommend this.

    Gladwell really gives you food for thought - everything from why there's only one kind of ketchup (vs. umpteen mustards) to how hair dye commercials have played a role in modern feminism, to late bloomers in the art world...all tackled very creatively and drawing parallels between very diverse segments of society. Also each of the essays are about 45 mins in length - a nice digestible size for car trips.. and a good conversation piece after they're done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6165)
    Performance
    (5339)
    Story
    (5332)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Lame Plot, Great Reading."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like drug store bestseller books (think "The Help") might enjoy this one more. The plot was pretty contrived and drawn out - if the book were a third thinner, maybe it would move better. I bought this because it got such high reviews on Audible but by the end of it i was forcing myself to listen and hoping the main character would die.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    to be fair the narrator is great.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beautiful Ruins?

    All the indulgent chapters that revolved around explaining movie plotlines or acting out a scene from a play. Also the ENTIRE ANNOYING CHARACTER that is "Pat"


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (399)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Pretty near perfect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Yes, Chef in three words, what would they be?

    a tasty adventure


    What did you like best about this story?

    great reading from Samuelsson, a really interesting meander through Europe, NYC and Ethiopia. anyone who enjoys stellar food writing like Ruth Reichl or Anthony Bourdain should read this one - but there's also a great balance with Samuelsson's truly interesting story, from growing up adopted in Sweden to finding fame in the US, to reconnecting with his African roots. all around a great audiobook.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i'm the type that needs to take a break every once in a while - but it was pretty captivating and a great companion to a 3 day road trip.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.